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Powder Burn [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen , Bill Montalbano
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June 30 1998 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Architect Chris Meadows has the bad luck to see an old girlfriend get hit by a car full of drugland hitmen. He has the worse luck to see the face of her murderers. Because in a town as violent as Miami, a witness doesn't stand a chance--especially when the cops who ought to be protecting him are more interested in dangling him as live bait.

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Published in 1984, 1981, and 1982, respectively, these novels feature action, intrigue, violence, and murder. In the Hitchcock vein, they also portray protagonists who are just ordinary people?a professor, an architect, and a fishing-boat captain?who are dragged into extraordinary circumstances. LJ's reviewer found Death in China "tautly written," adding that Montalbano and Hiaasen have a "fine flair for characters and settings" (LJ 4/1/84).
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"An explosive read . . . authentic, compelling and frightening." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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4.0 out of 5 stars Drugs and Murder in Miami April 23 2001
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A shadowy figure with immense power and money decides to take over the cocaine trade in Miami. It requires, of course, killing his rivals. Chris Meadows, a young, Miami architect, is only dimly aware of the drug trade until an old girlfriend and her child are accidentally killed before his eyes by hitmen. Worse, he can identify the killers, so he becomes their target. When a police detective seems more interested in using Chris for bait to catch the killers than in protecting him, Chris decides that he is on his own. His terrified twists and turns to evade the killers take him through the deadly world of Miami's drug scene. Hiaasen and Montalbano, writers for the Miami Herald, put an authentic edge on a Miami that tourists don't see. This is not the Hiaasen who writes biting humor about Florida's developers and politicians. This is the Hiaasen who gives us a thriller steeped in Miami. The story will keep you reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Powder Burn, rewiewed by Geir Elseth Jan. 23 1998
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After having enjoyed other books by Carl Hiaasen, I had certain expectations about this book. I was not disappointed, but Powder Burn is not in the same league as Tourist Season, Doubble Whammy, Skin Tight, Striptease and Stormy Weather. But it was interesting to note the similarities between this book and the later ones mentioned above. It is the cuban cop, journalists playing a part, the plot taking place in Florida (Miami) and the focus of a theme that, I belive, the authors feel is a threat to the Florida region. This time it is drug war and dopers, in the other novels it is the disadvantages of tourism, the destroying of nature, the search for beauty by operations and corruptions among politicians. One major difference is that the main character in this book, an architect named Chris Meadows, is not the tough hero type, but rather a more human hero driven by fear. So if you are a fan of Carl Hiaasen, you should read Powder Burn. On the other hand if you are not a fan, you might find the book a bit ordinary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Powder Burn, rewiewed by Geir Elseth Jan. 23 1998
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After having enjoyed other books by Carl Hiaasen, I had certain expectations about this book. I was not disappointed, but Powder Burn is not in the same league as Tourist Season, Doubble Whammy, Skin Tight, Striptease and Stormy Weather. But it was interesting to note the similarities between this book and the later ones mentioned above. It is the cuban cop, journalists playing a part, the plot taking place in Florida (Miami) and the focus of a theme that, I belive, the authors feel is a threat to the Florida region. This time it is drug war and dopers, in the other novels it is the disadvantages of tourism, the destroying of nature, the search for beauty by operations and corruptions among politicians. One major difference is that the main character in this book, an architect named Chris Meadows, is not the tough hero type, but rather a more human hero driven by fear. So if you are a fan of Carl Hiaasen, you should read Powder Burn. On the other hand if you are not a fan, you might find the book a bit ordinary.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drugs and Murder in Miami April 23 2001
By George Webster, Ph.D., - Published on Amazon.com
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A shadowy figure with immense power and money decides to take over the cocaine trade in Miami. It requires, of course, killing his rivals. Chris Meadows, a young, Miami architect, is only dimly aware of the drug trade until an old girlfriend and her child are accidentally killed before his eyes by hitmen. Worse, he can identify the killers, so he becomes their target. When a police detective seems more interested in using Chris for bait to catch the killers than in protecting him, Chris decides that he is on his own. His terrified twists and turns to evade the killers take him through the deadly world of Miami's drug scene. Hiaasen and Montalbano, writers for the Miami Herald, put an authentic edge on a Miami that tourists don't see. This is not the Hiaasen who writes biting humor about Florida's developers and politicians. This is the Hiaasen who gives us a thriller steeped in Miami. The story will keep you reading.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Jan. 14 2011
By Polaris - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a long time fan of Carl Hiassen and have read nearly all of his books, always eagerly looking forward to his next book. But for me, Powder Burn was a huge disappointment. I found the story line mundane and predictable. As always, however, his characters are original, clever and realistic. I'm not even sure why he wrote this book and it can only be described as ordinary. read it if you can't find anything else to read, but don't expect much and don't pay full price for it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par July 2 2012
By Robert T. White - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be not up to par with Carl's other books. Not well scripted, nor logical in thought. Of his older books this ranks at or near the bottom.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the putdown of the TV adventurist Jan. 4 2013
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
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Typical Hiaasen to find a topical Florida subject and point out the ridiculousside . This story has a teenage hero and is geared for that age. Hiaasen has his quirkey twists and turns to keep the subject interesting and humerous.
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